Woman forced to perform sex act shoots suspect with own gun
A 19-year-old man was arrested after a woman told police the armed man sexually battered her before she took his gun and fired, apparently hitting him in the leg, according to a recently released affidavit.
Major Lee Barnes, of the 1200 block of North 19th Street in Fort Pierce, faces sexual battery, robbery with a firearm and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon charges after the May 14 incident that happened about 12:02 a.m.
A Fort Pierce police officer went to the area of North 10th Street at Avenue H following a complaint of a man shooting a handgun in the air and was flagged down by the reported sexual attack victim.
She said she was walking in the area of North 10th Street at Orange Avenue when a man on a bicycle approached. The man offered her money for sex, an offer she declined.
He pointed a handgun at her and told her to take off her pants. She said the man searched her private area for money and stole her cellular phone. The man told her to get on her knees and perform a sex act on him. She was intimidated by the armed man and did so.
During the sex act, she saw the handgun, which the man put in his pocket “as he put his arms back in an apparent relaxed gesture,” the affidavit states.
She grabbed the weapon and pointed it at him. The man charged toward her, and she fired before the man fled the area.
The victim said she wasn’t sure whether the man was hit, but said he “leaned over his leg as if she hit him.”
Friends of Barnes’ apparently took him to the emergency room with a gunshot wound to the right leg.
Barnes told investigators he was walking in the area of North 17th Street and heard three shots and ran. Barnes said he felt he got hit in his right leg. He later said he was lying and that he found a gun. He said he heard a male say his name and heard shots fired at him. He said he threw the gun.
Barnes was held Tuesday morning in the St. Lucie County jail in lieu of $1,050,000 bail, a jail official said.